Monday, February 11, 2008

Light Sleeper

Since about Christmas, Ariana has been complaining that she's tired throughout the day. An hour after she gets up, she says she's tired and wants to lay on the couch. She gets about 11 hours of sleep at night, but she wakes quite often. She's typically up for the bathroom at least twice. She's never been a good sleeper, but things did improve when she had her tonsils & adenoid out in 2006. She's got circles under her eyes and just doesn't seem to want to eat a lot.

I'm going to start keeping a log of her sleep & waking times, how she is during the day, etc to take in to the pedi if this continues. Jason thinks we can wait until her 5yo checkup in May, but I'm thinking she may need to be in sooner. Someone this weekend suggested she's still having issues with sleep apnea, or maybe an endocrine problem. Which prompted me to think of keeping the log.

She's also started this "I'm scared" deal at night too, which results in a longer awake time for all of us naturally. We've taken steps to help with that at bedtime, but it seems to be starting at night again more.

Any ideas? Tips?


Anonymous said...

Oh, that's a toughie! I'd think you're doing the right things. Is there an option to temporarily have her "camp out" in your room for a night or two so you could see if A) she's breathing loud or holding her breath while she sleeps (apnea), or B) maybe she'd feel a bit more secure in your room and that might help??? Then, you don't really want her to get too used to sleeping in your room either, so you're kinda damned if you do or don't!

Have you ever peeked in on her when she's been sleeping to see how she breathes?

Best wishes for some sleep in your house! ;o

Aunt Becky said...

Oh, that's a toughie. I've noticed that Ben gets sleepier when he's going through a growth spurt, so maybe that's it. Is she growing a lot?

Otherwise, I'd send her to bed a bit earlier (if possible) for a week or so and see if it helps.